Community Relations & Fundraising

Fundraise at the Festival


The fundraising excitement continues to grow at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! The festival has four methods to help your organization raise funds.

Food 4 Funds Fundraiser

The 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival offers an exciting fundraising program involving over 100 different food & beverage booths ranging from a two person to a ten person booth depending on your fundraising goals. Last year over $550,000 was earned by organizations participating in the Food 4 Funds fundraising program. Individual organizations fund raised between $1,000 and $15,000!

The Food 4 Funds fundraiser involves running one or several Food and/or Beverage booths at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for all 16 days of the festival. Your organization could earn its entire year’s fundraising goal in just 7 weekends. Groups earn a percentage of the booth(s) revenue. The earning potential is unlimited, not to mention the teamwork and fun your organization will experience.
Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)


Foods 4 Funds Day

Participants of the Concessions Fundraiser Receive:

  • Cooking Area
  • Training
  • Area Support
  • Costumes
  • Booths
  • Food Supplies
  • Recipes
  • Equipment

Fundraising Organization Must Provide:

  • 16 Day Commitment
  • Organization
  • Enthusiasm
  • Accountability
  • Staffing of Booth(s)

1 Day Fundraiser

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is proud to offer Minnesota Charities and other Volunteer Organizations opportunities to generate revenue through performing tasks as needed by the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The tasks may include directing cars, picking up trash and recycling, and/or working at a concession stand. The 1 Day Concessions Fundraiser can be a perfect fit for groups with limited availability!

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)


Tickets 4 Treasure Fundraiser

Attending the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has never been more popular and Volunteer Organizations are invited to take advantage of the significant demand for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival to benefit your cause! Your organization has the opportunity to fundraise through ticket sales to the 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Your group can purchase tickets at a great discount and re-sell them to help raise funds for your organization. The potential is unlimited! Register your organization by filling out the Ticket Fundraising Application.

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)


Bags 4 Bucks Fundraiser

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival has an exciting new fundraising opportunity available to Volunteer organizations to pick up garbage and recycling from the festival grounds and receptacles to dumpsters and compactors. Earning potential can be anywhere from $750-$1200 in just one day!

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)


Cars 4 Cash Fundraiser

Ready, set, park! This fast paced fundraising opportunity will leave your organization(s) pocket filled. During the Festival days we will need volunteers to direct and park vehicles. After just one weekend’s worth of work your group can earn anywhere from $2880 – $4320. Work one weekend or seven. It is up to you!

Download the form(PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)


Donation Requests & Guidelines

  • Donations are only made to organizations located in Minnesota.
  • Donations will be two single-day admission tickets valid during the 2017 season.
  • We do not give season passes, special event tickets or monetary donations.
  • Only one donation will be made to an organization or cause in a given year.
  • Donations are mailed out once a month, you will receive notification if your request is not granted for some reason.
  • Written donation requests must be addressed to MN Renaissance Festival to receive consideration.
  • Letters must be mailed to us on official company/organization letterhead.
  • Donation request letters must contain a contact name, daytime telephone number and mailing address.
  • Email, website, Facebook, fax or telephone requests will not be considered.

Donation Request:

Mid-America Festivals
Attn: Donations
1244 S. Canterbury Rd. Ste. 306
Shakopee, MN 55379


Non-Profit Organizations

Can Do Canines

Can do Canines is an independent, non-profit organization located in New Hope, Minnesota that provides service dogs to individuals with disabilities throughout the Midwest. Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating beneficial relationships with specially trained dogs. Every client is provided with an assistant dog at no cost thanks to the sponsors of the program. More than 33% of the dogs were obtained through local animal shelters. We are hosting the Charity Auction hoping to adhere to their mission of helping those they serve to realize a great well-being, independence and enjoyment in life.

Can Do Canines receives a portion of the fees collected by the Pet Gate each year. They are also the beneficiary of the Charity Auction held on the Wine, Chocolate and Romance Weekend.


Angel Foundation

When cancer strikes, Angel Foundation provides programs that help foster strength, resilience and hope. These programs help adults living with cancer and their families gain a level of control over lives during a time of great uncertainty. Through our Emergency Financial Assistance program, adults in active cancer treatment in the Twin Cities receive emergency financial assistance for non-medical basic needs such as food, gas, utilities, rent or mortgage payments.

Visit our Wishing Wells at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Coins are collected from the Wells and donated to the Angel Foundation.


Neighborhood House

Regardless of where a participant is in their life’s journey, Neighborhood House provides the tools needed to move from “survive to thrive,” working to help break the cycle of poverty by helping families meet Basic Needs, and offering Life Long Learning.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival donated over 2,700 lbs of food in 2013.


Memorial Blood Centers

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival hosts an annual blood drive every year on opening weekend. Memorial Blood Center collected 178 units of blood which can be used to save up to 470 lives.


Sutter Home Hope

Throughout the year, Sutter Home proudly sponsors events and activities across the country supporting breast cancer research and treatment. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival donates a $1 for every bottle of Sutter Home wine that is sold on our Site.


Shakopee Jaycees

For over 50 years, the Shakopee Jaycees has empowered young active citizens to create positive change in our community. From supporting our local parks, community services, and events, to helping fight poverty and illiteracy, to working in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals, our members tackle serious issues without hesitation. As an all-volunteer grassroots organization, the Jaycees offer the opportunity for a young person to find their own path in volunteering and service. As Jaycees, we believe that service to humanity is the best work of life, and we strive to bring young leaders together in the pursuit of positive change.